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Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger storms across a crossing as steam escapes from the cyliders. This is one sweet piece of machinery.

Check out those side rods! Nice and shiny and polished...oh...and orginial! Its nice to know something nearly 70 years old can look that good. I even got to touch them and I didnt have any dirt on my finger at all.

This was taken a few minutes prior.
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Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
when this comes along, I hear the song from the last level of the first stage of "World of Goo" or "They see me rollin'"
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RailroadNutjob Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Ooh, that's so cool!
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Wiredin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
oh yea! thats the stuff! I need to go see this thing.

Man, what a gorgeous piece of metal.

I haven't seen her from this angle before.
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Seth890603 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing steam monster! :)
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Oceanlinerorca Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lovely sight.
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belzelga1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Ahh those were the good ol days.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you count late 2010 the good ol days!
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belzelga1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Actully I ment back when steam was king.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes, then I agree!
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Jetster1 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
I recall seeing this locomotive in action. It was as big as a house!
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GingaTokkyu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool! But not as awesome as Big Boy
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would agree...only if a Big Boy was operational.
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GingaTokkyu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah. I wonder why UP won't operate him again, is it because the rail that can't handle him anymore? Lack of driver and fireman? Useless maybe? Maintenance problem?
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It all boils down to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

3985 was restored by volunteers in 1981. From there, UP flips the bill because it gives them alot of good PR. They probably see restoring a Big Boy unnecessary.

If anyone wanted to restore a big boy, theres 8 or so they can choose from. But at this point, it would probably cost a few million to do it. Hell, the state of Pennsylvania gave Railroaders Memory Museum, the ones who own the last Pennsylvania K4, 5 million dollars to restore the K4 to operation. After 6 years and 5 million less, it is still in pieces.
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belzelga1 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
I know how that is. Here in North Carolina at the NC Transportation Museum they got the 604(BC&G#4) that they took out of service for an overhaul and they have been taking their sweet time and spending money on getting the Back Shop restored. That locomotive along with a 3 truck Shay and a small tank engine are sitting with varing degrees of work done on them.
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GingaTokkyu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well.... at least, they can try to run it once. Just... once.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With the need to basically rebuild an entire engine from scratch, they might as well do it for good. Ohio Central took 2 plus years and several hundred thousand dollars to restore a Grand Truck Western 4-8-4. It would take longer and cost more for a larger engine.

The money for such a project doesnt exist anywhere.
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GingaTokkyu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ouch! That's too bad! But anyway, what about restoring the streamlined diesel train? Like M10000 maybe? It cost less money, right?
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, but the fact is that it still costs money. Not to mention that none exist.

If you want streamlined...there is a Burlington Zepher...

At this point in time, just be glad at what we do have restored.
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Blockwave Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Let me guess..... No. 3985..... Am I right?
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Correct!
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Blockwave Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Yep... I met No. 3985 this summer in Cheyyenne, Wyoming. He was in the steam works there along with No. 844. No. 3985 apparently was going under some kind of repairs.
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe still getting rebuilt. This is the first in over two years the 3985 has run.
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sheer power... epic. :D
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ModoJeda Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
That is one long engine
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trainboi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
This would be a great pic when it comes to drawing the details on the side!
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, yes, yes it is!
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engineer825 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist
You know it's very easy to see why the UP public relations office call this engine their "atom bomb" when it comes to getting attention. Excellent shot by the way. :D
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DragonWolfACe Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh, didnt know they call it that. 844 gets ALOT of attention too...

And thanks!
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Tycho-Skies Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I love these ladies...
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